The Prix de Lausanne, an international ballet competition for young dancers, recently announced its 2017 selected candidates. The event, which will take place on January 29-February 5 at Théâtre de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland, accepted 74 competitors. Of those, six are from the United States.
Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater continues its 20th anniversary season with its debut at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, presenting “Deeply Rooted Dance Theater: Aspects of Love" on February 4, 2017 to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The Steps Beyond Foundation, Steps on Broadway’s non-profit arm committed to connecting artists and the community through various events, will present a benefit performance of Call Fosse at the Minskoff on Saturday, December 3 at 8 pm. The one-woman play, written and performed by Mimi Quillin, will be for one night only in the Steps Studio Theater.
Joffrey Elite, a new docuseries that will follow the lives of dancers at the Joffrey Ballet School, will premiere this Saturday, November 26, on the YouTube channel AwesomenessTV. These year-round trainee dancers will be led by directors Max Baud and Matthew Prescott, and will compete in competitions around the country.
The Merce Cunningham Trust, founded to preserve and extend the artistic legacy of choreographer Merce Cunningham, recently announced that Ken Tabachnick has been named its new Executive Director. Tabachnick, who has held leadership positions at major New York educational and cultural institutions, will oversee all operations of the Trust.
Highly esteemed veteran dance writer Deborah Jowitt recently received two awards honoring her career and her many accomplishments. On November 18, she received the 2016 “Educational Visionary” Lifetime Achievement Award from Mark DeGarmo Dance. Then on November 21, the Martha Hill Dance Fund presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to her.
Kicking off 2017, Detroit’s community dance organization ARTLAB J will host its annual Scholarship Summit on Sunday, January 8 from 1-5:30 pm in the historic Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. Student dancers can win scholarships to some of the best dance intensives and festivals in Michigan.
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s sparkling production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker returns to Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall for 38 performances from November 25 through December 28, 2016. Featuring eye-popping colorful sets and costumes by author/illustrator Ian Falconer, the production will also see Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed live by the mighty PNB Orchestra.
South Carolina’s Ballet Spartanburg is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this 2016-17 Season. Presenting five programs total, the company recently kicked off with its production of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Little Mermaid in October. Up next is The Nutcracker in December.
L.A. DanceMagic recently kicked off its 2016-17 Season in Houston, TX. The touring dance convention will visit 14 cities before its Final Cut at the end of June 2017 and its National Finals in early July 2017.
In 2015, the Paris Opera Ballet launched a new digital platform entitled “3e Scène,” meaning “the third stage.” The project promotes new work by choreographers, composers, directors, visual artists, filmmakers and writers on the company’s website. Its latest film, À bout portés, features close-ups of 35 young student dancers at the Paris Opera Ballet.
The Arcane Collective, founded by independent dance artists Oguri and Morleigh Steinberg in 2011, returns to Portland with its latest production of ebb in December. This work will continue the ensemble's exploration into the quagmire of author Samuel Beckett’s novels.
On December 2 and 3, the State Ballet of Rhode Island will open its 57th Season with a Rhode Island tradition, Herci Marsden's Coppélia. This classic comedic story ballet, which was originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon, has entertained audiences for more than 145 years.
Presented by Break the Floor Productions, JUMP Dance Convention tours to 27 U.S. cities and 5 international cities each year. At every event, dancers enjoy a top-rate workshop and a first-class competition. Discover 14 reasons why dancers shouldn’t miss JUMP this season.
Lineage Dance Company will present the 10th Annual Pasadena Dance Festival on February 25, 2017. The festival is an award-winning event that highlights the greater Pasadena/Los Angeles dance community. Local teachers and performers can apply to teach or dance till November 15.
Exciting news, U.S. readers! Energetiks, the iconic Australian dance and active wear brand beloved by many, has released a brand-new collection: Crystal Tide. Boasting fresh designs and vibrant hues, Crystal Tide is now available in the U.S. via Amazon.
Calling all NYC-based emerging dance makers, aspiring professionals and dance enthusiasts! The Steps Beyond Foundation has announced its upcoming 2016-17 Performance Labs and Artists Talk Series. As Steps on Broadway’s non-profit arm, the Foundation seeks to connect artists and the community through various events.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA will present Israel’s acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company for the first time on February 8, 2017. In a special one-night-only engagement, the company will perform the program Decadance 2017, created by the company’s artistic director, Ohad Naharin.
Dances Patrelle, a dynamic professional ballet company celebrating its 26th season in New York, will present The Yorkville Nutcracker on December 8-11 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the production, which is set in 1895.
One of America’s favorite dance shows is going back on the road this winter with Dancing with the Stars: Live! – We Came to Dance, giving fans the opportunity to see some of the best dancers in the business perform live in their hometown. The tour launches December 16 in Reno, NV and runs through February 14, 2017.
Minnesota’s TU Dance opens its 13th performance season on November 18-20 with choreographic responses to contemporary tensions of race, culture and identity. The esteemed Saint Paul-based dance troupe will be on stage at The O’Shaughnessy.
The American Dance Competition, an international scholarship ballet competition based out of Florida, has announced that registration is now open for its 2017 event. Set to be held in St. Petersburg, FL on March 25-30, ADC|IBC welcomes applications through January 23 for American dancers and all returning participants, and through January 14 for new international participants.
After an amazing run at Dixon Place, NYC in 2015, Anthony Lo Cascio’s #Taplife Company returns for a second workshop of Sounds of a #Taplife in conjunction with the annual Big Apple Tap Festival in November.
The Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) has announced the launch of "Ask an Archivist," a new service that will provide guidance to artists and dance companies through free phone or online consultations on how to save and share their legacy materials.
In early October, Haiti was struck by Hurricane Matthew, leaving over 1,000 dead and more than two million in need of assistance. On Tuesday, December 6, Martha Graham Dance Company in NYC will host a benefit performance in its Studio Theater to raise money for Haiti.
Vogue dancers from the House of Mizrahi are hosting a nationwide open call dubbed Dancing for the Streets with Clapit to find America’s Best Dancer across any street dance style that moves, including afrobeats, house, breaking, vogue, hip-hop, wacking, dancehall and flexing. The winner will receive a trip to New York City for an awards event, a day in the studio to work on their choreography and a chance to beef up their professional dance reel.
L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) will present Force Majeure, its fall repertory concert, on November 10-13 at Atwater Village Theatre. The program will feature world premieres by Artistic Director Genevieve Carson, NY-based choreographer Gregory Dolbashian, and local choreographers Christian Denice and Micaela Taylor. Performances will also present original music by L.A. composer Robert Amjärv.
Cathy Weis Projects has kicked off its fall 2016 season of Sundays on Broadway, an ongoing series featuring performances, film screenings, discussions, and all manner of happenings on Sunday evenings in New York City. Running now through December 4, the series serves as a gathering place for artists to show work and share ideas with audiences in an intimate setting.
Now through November 4, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre in Los Angeles is presenting its newest work, When I Am King, on select days at Chinatown’s King Hing Theater. Asking the question “What does it mean to be king?”, the performance invites audiences into a movie theater that has been dormant for over 20 years.
The Bessies, New York City’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announced the complete list of the 2015–16 season award recipients at the 32nd Annual Bessie Awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 18.